The Specter of Deception

Sen. Arlen Specter this morning on ABC’s This Week:

SPECTER: Well, there’s never been a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee.

An excerpt from the history section of the official Senate website:

October 1, 1968Filibuster Derails Supreme Court Appointment


In June 1968, Chief Justice Earl Warren informed President Lyndon Johnson that he planned to retire from the Supreme Court. Concern that Richard Nixon might win the presidency later that year and get to choose his successor dictated Warren’s timing.


Although the committee recommended confirmation, floor consideration sparked the first filibuster in Senate history on a Supreme Court nomination.

Why is so hard for Senators to get the basic facts about the judicial filibuster right?